Priyanka Chopra recalls 'dehumanizing moment' during seduction scene in early Bollywood career


Priyanka Chopra Jonas once walked off a Bollywood film after a “dehumanizing moment” with the director.

In an interview with The Zoe Report, Chopra Jonas spoke about an encounter she had early in her Bollywood career. Tasked with playing a character who goes undercover, Chopra Jones was purportedly asked to remove her clothing as part of a seduction scene.

“This may have been 2002 or ‘03,” the 40-year-old actor recalled. “I’m undercover, I’m seducing the guy – obviously that’s what girls do when they’re undercover. But I’m seducing the guy and you have to take off one piece of clothing [at a time].”

“I wanted to layer up,” Chopra Jones confessed. But according to the actor, the director had other opinions, stating, “No, I need to see her underwear. Otherwise why is anybody coming to watch this movie?”

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Rather than speaking directly to Chopra Jones, the director allegedly only addressed the actor’s stylist.

“It was such a dehumanizing moment,” Chopra Jones added. “It was a feeling of, ‘I’m nothing outside of how I can be used, my art is not important, what I contribute is not important.’”

Unable to “look at [the director] every day,” Chopra Jones eventually walked off set two days after the event. According to the actor, she also made sure to pay — with her father’s urging — what the production had spent out of her own pocket.

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